Dogs, on the other hand, really hide nothing.
Yes, that's Lilah, above, as happy as a dog could be rolling in the grass. I think once the grass comes back, I will try doing the same.
As a photographer, I am always focused on a pet's eyes. They tell me a lot about how that pet is feeling at the moment. I usually let pets get comfortable around me before taking any photos of them. After years of watching, not just the eyes of my own dogs, but also the eyes of my clients' pets, I have a good handle on when it is safe to begin to photograph and get the best expression we can.
Answer: She is a little nervous thinking way ahead of the game to the treat she will get once we are done with the photographs in the studio. She is actually looking toward where I keep the treats in a drawer in the studio.
I do think that Lilah, and our dog, Danny, have the most expressive eyes of all of our dogs. Our dog, Moe, has the most expressive nose, and can imitate Elizabeth Montgomery (Samantha on Bewitched) really well.
Of course the optimum photo is to have the subject look right into the camera with a very relaxed expression, just like Floyd did for the photo below.
And what about CATS you ask? Well, that's a whole other blog post.
To see more expressive pets, the blog circle today is all about EYES! Forge ahead and have a LOOK! Start here with Colleen of Simply Col Photography - for the love of photography and pound pups. Have a great weekend!